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Earthquake Strikes Missouri

An earthquake today struck southeastern Missouri. The preliminary magnitude was 4.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt in at least nine states and caused minor damage, according to news reports. Details from the USGS:

Date-Time:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 09:58:43 UTC

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 03:58:43 AM at epicenter

Location: 36.850°N, 89.409°W

Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

16 km (9 miles) ESE of Sikeston, Missouri

27 km (16 miles) SW of Cairo, Illinois

197 km (122 miles) NNE of Memphis, Tennessee

310 km (192 miles) SE of JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri

This page will be updated if the event proves significant.

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